Nestled in the Atlanta neighborhood of Candler Park, Paper Ghost Studio seems to have a soft spot for the adorable and playful. Earlier this month, the gallery/working studio put on to have and to hold, a show featuring tote bags with illustrations by in-house and other local artists. Each tote was one of a kind and, like that show, Paper Ghost Studio is a one-of-a-kind gallery. Founded late last year by local illustrators Mike Lowery, Katrin Wiehle, Sarah Watts and Caleb Morris, the gallery puts on about one show a month. Otherwise, the artists work together (or separately) in the space to create new work.
Here, CommonCreativ talks to the team behind the studio about brainstorming new quirky themes for their shows, working together and their upcoming Atlanta-themed show.
CommonCreativ: How did Paper Ghost Studio come together? When did it open?
After about a month of having the studio, we decided to do a one-off show where we could showcase the new personal work that we’d been making. We decided to invite a few of our local artist friends to show with us, and the night was so well received and such a blast to do, we’ve had a show every month since.
CC: What artists are currently using your studio?
Mike Lowery is a children’s book illustrator and illustration professor at SCAD who has worked with Hallmark Cards, Penguin Books, Chronicle Books, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Macworld and many others. Katrin Wiehle is a children’s book illustrator and writer from Germany. Sarah Watts is a book illustrator who has worked for Simon & Schuster, Random House and many others. Sarah is also a founding member of the fabric company Cotton + Steel. Caleb Morris is an advertising and surface design illustrator who has worked recently with Blue Moon to design a label and Girl Skateboards to design a new skate deck. And we’ve recently added Sarah Neuburger, a book illustrator for Chronicle Books and the founder of The Small Object, a site for custom wedding toppers and stamps.
CC: What’s the process to apply and show at the gallery, especially as a new artist? Can artists outside of the studio apply and submit for your shows and gallery?
CC: What criteria do you look for when choosing whether or not to accept an artist and their pieces?
CC: How do you pick the themes for your gallery shows?
CC: Do you guys offer other services such as workshops at the studio?
CC: What does Paper Ghost Studio have on the horizon?